Better Conversations

Better Conversations Author Jim Knight
ISBN-10 9781506336701
Year 2015-10-20
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Corwin Press
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Check out The Better Conversations trailer: https://youtu.be/y3FrWTXC8Uw “I thought I knew how to have a conversation; I’ve had millions of them. Some were good, others not so much so. But I want to have GREAT conversations, and Jim Knight has taught me how. The proof is in: better conversations are possible and the results are worth the investment.” --DOUGLAS FISHER Coauthor of Rigorous Reading and Unstoppable Learning Because conversation is the lifeblood of any school You don’t want this book—you need this book. Why this confident claim? Think about how many times you’ve walked away from school conversations, sensing they could be more productive, but at a loss for how to improve them. Enter instructional coaching expert Jim Knight, who in Better Conversations honors our capacity for improving our schools by improving our communication. Asserting that our schools are only as good as the conversations within them, Jim shows us how to adopt the habits essential to transforming the quality of our dialogues. As coaches, as administrators, as teachers, it’s time to thrive. Learn how to: Coach ourselves and each other to become better communicators Listen with empathy Find common ground Build Trust Our students’ academic, social, and emotional growth depends upon our doing this hard work. It’s time to roll up our sleeves, open our minds, and dare to change for the better of the students we serve. You can get started now with Better Conversationsand the accompanying Reflection Guide to Better Conversations.

The Reflection Guide to Better Conversations

The Reflection Guide to Better Conversations Author Jim Knight
ISBN-10 9781506339009
Year 2015-10-20
Pages 184
Language en
Publisher Corwin Press
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Every worthwhile book has a deeply held belief, and for Jim Knight’s Better Conversations and this worktext, The Reflection Guide to Better Conversations, here it is: “Effective communication is an essential skill for a fulfilled life, and we can’t teach it to students if we don’t know how to do it ourselves.” Instructional coaches, administrators, teachers . . . really everyone: the royal we is you. In this Reflection Guide, Jim delivers a framework for improving professional dialogue that is so clearly signposted, you might as well call it a day planner. Here’s how The Reflection Guide to Better Conversations works: In Part One, you and your peers engage in surveys, take stock, and record video in order to get real about your current beliefs and abilities. How do you measure up when it comes to empathy, asking better questions? Finding common ground? In Part Two, learn about the 10 habits of being an effective communicator, and put them into practice. Are your conversations focused on others 50 percent of the time? What things typically distract you from being fully present? In Better Conversations, Jim Knight reveals why true dialogue improves professional performance, job satisfaction, and classroom instruction. Together with this Reflection Guide, the two books provide a brilliant, scaffolded professional learning experience on a topic central to learning, central to life. This is the district-wide solution you need—are you ready?

Instructional Coaching

Instructional Coaching Author Jim Knight
ISBN-10 9781452293349
Year 2007-05-01
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Corwin Press
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An innovative professional development strategy that facilitates change, improves instruction, and transforms school culture! Instructional coaching is a research-based, job-embedded approach to instructional intervention that provides the assistance and encouragement necessary to implement school improvement programs. Experienced trainer and researcher Jim Knight describes the "nuts and bolts" of instructional coaching and explains the essential skills that instructional coaches need, including getting teachers on board, providing model lessons, and engaging in reflective conversations. Each user-friendly chapter includes: First-person stories from successful coaches Sidebars highlighting important information A "Going Deeper" section of suggested resources Ready-to-use forms, worksheets, checklists, logs, and reports

High Impact Instruction

High Impact Instruction Author Jim Knight
ISBN-10 9781452283432
Year 2012-12-03
Pages 392
Language en
Publisher Corwin Press
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Small changes can lead to big results! Best-selling author Jim Knight presents the high-leverage strategies that make the biggest difference in student learning. Featuring checklists, numerous observation tools, and online videos of teachers implementing the practices, this revolutionary book focuses on the three areas of high-impact instruction: Content planning, including using guiding questions, learning maps, and formative assessment Instructional practices such as the use of thinking prompts, effective questions, challenging assignments, and experiential learning Community building, in which you shape a classroom culture that promotes well-being, creativity, learning, and high expectations

Unmistakable Impact

Unmistakable Impact Author Jim Knight
ISBN-10 9781412994309
Year 2010-11-23
Pages 314
Language en
Publisher Corwin Press
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This book describes in simple terms exactly how schools should align and organize professional learning to ensure significant positive change in teaching and student learning. The author's partnership principles-a humanizing approach to professional learning-apply to workshops, intensive learning teams (a focused form of professional learning communities), and instructional coaching. This is the first in a two volume series that is designed to provide a simple (not simplistic) framework and a set of tools for improving teaching in schools. (The second volume, The Big Four, was proposed last year.)

Focus on Teaching

Focus on Teaching Author Jim Knight
ISBN-10 9781483344126
Year 2014-03-18
Pages 165
Language en
Publisher Corwin Press
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Professional athletes improve their performance by watching videos of themselves and others in action. Educators can do the same! Jim Knight presents a clear process for using video to promote professional growth and teacher effectiveness. With online clips of educators modeling and discussing how they use videos for professional learning, this book shows how videos can help educators: Maximize the effectiveness of instructional coaching, PLCs, and authentic teacher evaluation Encourage self-coaching and peer-coaching Develop a shared understanding of what quality teaching really looks like

The Impact Cycle

The Impact Cycle Author Jim Knight
ISBN-10 9781544317786
Year 2017-08-15
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Corwin Press
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"Jim Knight is one of the wise men of coaching. His well is deep; he draws from it the best tools from practitioners, the wisdom of experience, and research-based insights. And he never loses sight of the bigger picture: the point of all this is to have more impact in this life we're lucky enough to live." —MICHAEL BUNGAY STANIER, Author of The Coaching Habit Identify . . . Learn . . . Improve When it comes to improving practice, few professional texts can rival the impact felt by Jim Knight’s Instructional Coaching. For hundreds of thousands of educators, Jim bridged the long-standing divide between staff room and classroom offering up a much a more collaborative, respectful, and efficient PD model for achieving instructional excellence. Now, one decade of research and hundreds of in-services later, Jim takes that work a significant step further with The Impact Cycle: an all-new instructional coaching cycle to help teachers and, in turn, their students improve in clear, measurable ways. Quintessential Jim, The Impact Cycle comes loaded with every possible tool to help you reach your coaching goals, starting with a comprehensive video program, robust checklists, and a model Instructional Playbook. Quickly, you’ll learn how to Interact and dialogue with teachers as partners Guide teachers to identify emotionally compelling, measurable, and student-focused goals Set coaching goals, plan strategies, and monitor progress for optimal impact Use documentary-style video and text-based case studies as models to promote maximum teacher clarity and proactive problem solving Streamline teacher enrollment, data collection, and deep listening Jim writes, “When we grow, improve, and learn, when we strive to become a better version of ourselves, we tap into something deep in ourselves that craves that kind of growth.” Read The Impact Cycle and soon you’ll discover how you can continually refine your practice to help teachers and students realize their fullest potential. View Jim Knight’s Impact Cycle video trailer:

Student Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level

Student Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level Author Diane Sweeney
ISBN-10 9781483306315
Year 2013-04-02
Pages 160
Language en
Publisher Corwin Press
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Your straightforward resource for coaching partnerships that focus on student learning This follow-up to Sweeney's bestseller applies the principles and tools of student-centered coaching to the unique challenges of middle and high schools. By focusing coaching on student learning—rather than on fixing teachers—a coach can make a measurable impact on student achievement. Sweeney provides guidance for: Tackling the challenge of coaching across a variety of content areas at the secondary level Extending coaching to teams of teachers, rather than just individuals Using standards, such as the Common Core, to coach toward specific goals for student learning Embedding formative assessments into coaching conversations

The Art of Coaching

The Art of Coaching Author Elena Aguilar
ISBN-10 9781118421024
Year 2013-02-22
Pages 360
Language en
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
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Hands-on resources for new and seasoned school coaches This practical resource offers the foundational skills and tools needed by new coaching educators, as well as presenting an overview of the knowledge and theory base behind the practice. Established coaches will find numerous ways to deepen and refine their coaching practice. Principals and others who incorporate coaching strategies into their work will also find a wealth of resources. Aguilar offers a model for transformational coaching which could be implemented as professional development in schools or districts anywhere. Although she addresses the needs of adult learners, her model maintains a student-centered focus, with a specific lens on addressing equity issues in schools. Offers a practical resource for school coaches, principals, district leaders, and other administrators Presents a transformational coaching model which addresses systems change Pays explicit attention to surfacing and interrupting inequities in schools The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation offers a compendium of school coaching ideas, the book's explicit, user-friendly structure enhances the ability to access the information.

Student Centered Coaching The Moves

Student Centered Coaching  The Moves Author Diane Sweeney
ISBN-10 9781506349435
Year 2016-11-22
Pages 192
Language en
Publisher Corwin Press
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The essential coaching moves that every coach needs to know Student-centered coaching is a highly effective, evidence-based coaching model that shifts the focus from “fixing” teachers to collaborating with them to design instruction that targets student outcomes. But what does this look like in practice? This book shows you the day-to-day coaching moves that build powerful coaching relationships. Readers will find: Coaching moves that can be used before, during, and after lessons An abundance of field-tested tools and practices that can be put to immediate use Original video clips that depict and unpack key moves Richly detailed anecdotes from practicing coaches

The Multigenerational Workplace

The Multigenerational Workplace Author Jennifer Abrams
ISBN-10 9781452218823
Year 2013-11-05
Pages 160
Language en
Publisher Corwin Press
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Bridge the generation gap and achieve outstanding results! Age-related misunderstandings don’t arise just between teachers and students—in some schools, staff from four generations might work side by side. In this book, based on a popular workshop, educators can learn how to look past generational filters to improve communication and reap the benefits of collaboration. Focusing on the major contexts of recruitment, coaching, professional learning, and succession planning, the book offers: Tools, checklists, and recommendations for professional learning that meets multigenerational needs Professional development activities that cultivate understanding of generational differences and strengthen workplace culture Real-life stories and case studies

The PLC Book

The PLC Book Author Nancy Fichtman Dana
ISBN-10 9781506338408
Year 2015-11-12
Pages 128
Language en
Publisher Corwin Press
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The secret to your PLC’s success? You. Commitment to improving student outcomes is a natural part of being a teacher—and that’s why this book is for every member of the team, not just the leader. When you bring your experience, skills, and questions to a professional learning community, you help shape its future. You’ll work collaboratively to Give voice to important issues and dilemmas Decide where to focus your work Develop and implement a plan for gaining insight into your area of focus Take action based on individual and collective learning Share results with others outside the PLC

How the Brain Learns

How the Brain Learns Author David A. Sousa
ISBN-10 9781506346342
Year 2016-10-28
Pages 400
Language en
Publisher Corwin Press
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Apply the newest brain research to enhance all students’ learning Educational neuroscience consultant David A. Sousa continues his tradition of translating new findings into effective classroom strategies and activities in this updated version of his bestselling text. This fifth edition integrates recent developments in neuroscience, education, and psychology and includes New information on memory systems, especially working memory capacity Updated research on how the explosion of technology is affecting the brain Current findings on brain organization and hemispheric specialization New evidence on how learning the arts enhances cognitive processing and creativity An expanded resources section More than 150 new or updated references

FOCUS on College Success

FOCUS on College Success Author Constance Staley
ISBN-10 9781337097161
Year 2016-12-05
Pages 464
Language en
Publisher Cengage Learning
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With increased attention to diversity, mindfulness, resilience, grit, productivity, financial literacy, alternative presentation e-tools, and new career planning strategies, the fifth edition of FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS recognizes the varied experiences you bring to the college classroom and guides you to build your motivation and increase your focus. Because of its engaging, relevant style that speaks to readers directly, 97% of students surveyed recommended that their professor use this book again with next year's first-year students. While college success strategies may seem like common sense (after you read about them), many are not. Written by a leader in the field of motivation and focus, the text covers topics, tools, and techniques that will deliver results. By learning these skills early on, you can avoid many of the pitfalls which cause so many students to stumble. All of the book's exercises and activities are designed to help you learn more about yourself and help you focus on what you need to do to succeed. Going well beyond college, these lessons will help you in your career and your personal life. Specific tools help you make self-discoveries and chart your progress through the text. Did you know that your odds of completing college successfully go up after you take a college success course? That makes FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS a no-brainer. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Readers Writing

Readers Writing Author Elizabeth Hale
ISBN-10 9781571108432
Year 2014-10-14
Pages 208
Language en
Publisher Stenhouse Publishers
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When faced with a blank page in their readers' notebooks, students often fall back on what is familiar: summarizing. Despite our best efforts to model through comprehension strategies what good readers do, many students struggle to transfer this knowledge and make it their own when writing independently about books. In Readers Writing, Elizabeth Hale offers ninety-one practical lessons that show teachers how students of all ability levels can use readers' notebooks to think critically, on their own, one step at a time. Each of the lessons uses a fiction or nonfiction book to address a comprehension strategy--questioning, connecting, analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating, visualizing, or monitoring--by showing students one specific way they can write about their thinking. Each lesson also provides an example of how to model the strategy. All of the lessons follow a similar format with five components--Name It, Why Do It?, Model It, Try It, and Share It--and include time for students to actively process what they learn by talking about and trying out the strategy in their readers' notebooks. Elizabeth also provides suggestions for supporting student independence, managing independent writing time, scaffolding comprehension of nonfiction texts as well as assessing and conferencing with readers' notebooks. Helpful appendices include a table that illustrates how each lesson aligns with the Common Core State Standards and a list of additional titles that can be used to demonstrate each of the ninety-one lessons. Readers Writing gives teachers a way to engage all children with readers' notebooks, to learn the language of thinking, one strategy at a time, and to become lifelong readers who can think and write critically on their own.